Friday, March 14, 2008

Peanut Butter Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins





I'm such a sucker for a bargain. While out in one of my favourite fresh markets, I noticed a very lonely bag of bananas nearing the end of their existence. After a quick mental calculation, I figured this $0.99 bag of bananas would probably generate enough baked goods to either fill a freezer or feed a small mission. I had initially thought of labelling this post "Bananas Gone Wild" but then on second thought realized that it was really me going wild and not the bananas.



I've been hearing about this new flour (well new to me anyways) called Nutri Flour Blend. It's a blend of wheat bran and all purpose and looks like all purpose flour. I really wondered how that would affect the texture of the final product so I picked up a small bag of it and decided to give it a try.



Because I'm unfamiliar with this new flour, I decided to go and do some looking around the Robin Hood website . That always prompts me to start bookmarking a whole host of new recipes to try, not to mention contests to enter. This recipe for Peanut Butter Banana Muffins seemed like the perfect way to use up the bananas.

Ingredients


1/2 cup Canola oil
1/2 cup milk
1 egg
3/4 cup mashed ripe bananas (2 medium bananas)
1/2 cup creamy peanut butter (I used chunky and loved what it added to the texture)
2 cups Nutri Flour Blend
2/3 cup sugar
1 tbsp baking powder
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp salt
1/3 cup semi sweet chocolate chips (I didn't have enough chocolate chips so I did a combination of chocolate chips and dried cranberries)

Process:

1. Preheat oven to 375 F. Spray a 12 cup muffin pan or line with paper liners



2. Combine wet ingredients in medium-sized bowl. Add flour, sugar, baking powder, cinnamon and salt. Stir just until combined.



3. Add chocolate chips, mixing lightly. Divide evenly amount the prepared muffin cups.






4. Bake in centre of preheated oven for 20-25 minutes or until golden and top springs back when lightly pressed. Cool in pan.



I love when people put creative effort into muffins and decorate them so beautifully that they become a piece of art. On the other side of the spectrum, I also love that rustic looking home cooking look. These muffins - I know - it's really hard to distinguish which category they are - ha ha ha - but they are delicious and surprisingly substantial. They're not your light and fluffy type muffin, but rather a heavy satisfying treat with a great cup of brewed tea.





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12 comments:

Peter M said...

I like rustic too...two rustic muffins please!

Kevin said...

Those muffins look really good!! I just heard about the Nutri Flour Blend this week and I was going to pick some up to try it out. It sounds pretty interesting.

Muse in the Kitchen said...

Very delicious looking muffins - that Nutriflour looks very interesting. When it comes to muffins, I think rustic is good!

Belle

giz said...

kevin - the nutri flour does have a different texture but not in a negative way. what I did like is that it's about 1/3 less calories and half the amount of sodium.

muse - it's nice to see new developments - I'm sure I'll keep using this flour.

Kate said...

I've never heard of the nutri-flour either, but now I'll be on the look for it.

Vicarious Foodie said...

These sound (and look) so good! I've really been into bananas and chocolate lately--I've been making Nigella's Go Get 'Em Smoothie--but I might have to put my next batch of bananas toward these muffins.

Jaime said...

these look delicious. the next time you have some overripe bananas you would like to use, check out the bananas foster cake in my blog :)

Pixie said...

I keep telling myself I am going to make a treat with peanut butter in it, but do I? No, instead I keep reading about all these delicious peanut butter recipes and dripping drool down my chin (well, not literally) but you get the point!

p.s. Hope you get to make a pudding this month, I would recommend the lemon curd over the jam. Jam was good but I KNOW lemon curd would be miles better!

giz said...

jaime - bananas foster cake sounds amazing to me - I'm all over that one

pixie - the lemon curd pudding was the one that gave me the tingles and now that I see that the basin is simply a glass bowl - well - no stopping me. Thanks for turning me on to something new - you da bomb!!!

Johanna said...

These look great - I recently tried choc chips and dried cranberries in cookies and am sold on this combination - maybe I need to try it in banana muffins too now!

eatme_delicious said...

I've been wanting to make peanut butter muffins for a while! Yours look like they turned out great. And I agree with your sentiments about rustic muffins and nicely decorated/presented muffins. Personally I go for the "rustic" muffins because they're a lot easier to do haha. One day I might be creative enough to do something more..

Cakelaw said...

These look delish!

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